Suboxone is the trade name for a combination drug formula of buprenorphine and naloxone. The primary purpose of this drug is to treat opioid addictions, like heroin. As a schedule III drug it may only be purchased with a prescription and should only be taken as specifically directed by a consulting physician.
Suboxone helps treat opioid addiction via the interaction of the two drugs buprenorphine and naloxone. Buprenorphine is an opioid and naloxone is a drug that blocks the major effects of opioids, including pain relief and feelings associated with being high. Suboxone is taken during the detoxification process in place of the opioid the patient is addicted to. The presence of an opioid in the patient’s system helps lessen withdrawal effects while the lesser quantity of the drug and the blocked effects help wean the patient from the addiction.
Since Suboxone is prescription only, a patient will always be under a doctor’s care while receiving Suboxone treatment. Every doctor treats every patient differently, however most commonly Suboxone is only prescribed in conjunction with counseling, potentially in a controlled setting like a rehabilitation facility.
Suboxone comes in tablet form and is taken sublingually. Suboxone tablets should never be swallowed or crushed. The tablet is simply placed under the tongue and dissolves slowly.
Like every chemical substance that exists, whether natural or created in a lab, Suboxone can cause side effects in some patients. Because some of the side effects are potentially fatal, it is absolutely critical that you are completely honest with your doctor if Suboxone is being considered. And if you are uncertain about your medical history or condition, you should get a complete physical before Suboxone is prescribed. Suboxone Side Effects can include;
- Respiratory ailments
- Liver problems
Avoid Suboxone if you have ever experienced-
- Brain injuries or tumors
- Mental illness
- Thyroid problems
- Urination problems
- Adrenal gland problems
- Gall bladder problems
Complete honesty with your doctor is important during any drug treatment program, but it is especially important when dishonesty can potentially result in life threatening results.
Potential For Addiction
Another major concern for Suboxone treatment is that Suboxone can be addictive. Treatment programs are designed to limit doses in such a way as to minimize the likelihood of addiction, but the potential is still there. Because of the danger of addiction, you need to follow dosage instructions precisely and should never take greater doses or more doses per day than prescribed.
Addiction can be hard to identify during the treatment, because patients are in treatment for another addiction. However if the you are taking Suboxone in any quantity greater than what is prescribed or your are lying about any of the contraindicated medical conditions, this is an almost sure sign that you have become addicted to Suboxone.
The Down Side
Suboxone can replace one addiction for another. The period of time that a patient must take Suboxone is different for every patient, but generally on the longer side when it comes to drug treatment schedules. Eventually, like with other drugs, the patient can wean off of Suboxone, though this is likely to take months at the very least. Simply going cold turkey is not recommended since doing such often results in acute withdrawal symptoms.
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